For the silver spoon treatment with an air of friendly – The Athenaeum Hotel and Residences
What do Kim Kardashian, Maggie Thatcher and Nelson Mandela have in common? They have each had the pleasure of experiencing The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences, a boutique-style property in London’s premiere Piccadilly. The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences has successfully bridged Hollywood and non-Hollywood guests for decades. With a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in its back pocket, the Athenaeum lives up to its reputation. The Largest Playground in London – Location Thanks to a fabulous location at the intersections of Green Park and Hyde Park, The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences enjoys one of the largest playgrounds a hotel can have.
Located in most elegant Mayfair district on Piccadilly and adjacent famous Hyde Park corner, this property is walking distance to some must see attractions such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. For some retail therapy, Harrods, Selfridges and New Bond Street are all within short walking distance. A Larger than Life Celebrity Doorman In top hat and tails, and measuring approximately 6 foot 6 inches by most accounts, we were greeted by a larger than life doorman by the name of Jim Burns upon arrival. As far as doormen go, Jim is a celebrity of sorts in his own right. Known for his jovial attitude and welcoming stance, Mr. Burns exudes an air of friendly with a sprinkling of humor that comes as a pleasant surprise, given his domineering stature. His quick wit and sharp memory for names make him a memorable personality, who some might consider amongst one of the best attractions of London. Grand Refurbishment adds Air of Sophistication The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences recently underwent an extensive multi-million dollar refurbishment, ushering in a new golden era for the hotel. The new entrance shows off a spectacular new architectural double story lobby and lounge area with floor-to ceiling windows overlooking Green Park. The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is the perfect spot for a cocktail or an award winning afternoon tea. The terrace remains one of the few outdoor dining areas on Piccadilly.
Prince/Princess for your stay – A Dedicated Kids Concierge If you’re a child, you’re treated like royalty for the duration of your visit. In advance of our stay we received a request for information that asked our youngster about hobbies, favorite colors, animals, foods and other special characteristics. We became like rock stars completing our list of requests in advance of a sold out concert. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised with all the toys and games that were showered upon us. We received a favorite DVD, a mini billiard table, air hockey, comfort food, naughty treats and a little surprise gift. My caution to the kids is good luck getting these games away from the adults in the room. My caution to the adults is good luck getting the kids out of the room in order to do some sightseeing in London. If you’re a child at heart you’ll love the selection. If you like to jog, expect a map of the park and if you need sneakers, no doubt they’ll find those for you too. If you like to play frisbee, expect a frisbee…kite flying your thing? The Athenaeum wants to know in advance of your visit, and they’ll be ready for you. Chic, Contemporary Accommodations The luxurious accommodations are delightfully pleasing with a mix of modern, classic and contemporary décor. We had bay windows that overlooked Green Park, and the room was surprisingly quiet. Our favorite pillows were waiting for us upon arrival, thus avoiding the last minute 11pm phone call to housekeeping, requesting a type of pillow that’s out of stock. Slippers by the bed and bathrobes were an elegant touch. The Nespresso machine with milk in the fridge came in very handy, along with free coffee, tea and water.
Award Winning Tea and Michelin Starred Chefs Voted the best afternoon tea in London by the Tea Guild, the tea service at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences focuses on English delicacies. From passion fruit to jasmine green tea, hot orange scones with lemon curd and cream, fruit tartlets and Victoria sponge cake. Sandwiches and pastries were constantly replenished and when we had eaten our fill we were given a box for leftovers. The restaurant, Galvin at The Athenaeum is managed by Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. The French-inspired menus showcase Britain’s homegrown produce. From cassoulet of gressingham duck to risotto of iron bark pumpkin, the menu at Galvin’s has something for everyone.
The cozy lounge bar, known as THE BAR at The Athenaeum is renowned for its cocktail guru, Giancarlo Mancino, offering signature cocktails from small batch purveyors. The selection of whiskey is also a huge draw, with THE BAR’s stock of over 300 single malts. The lounge setting is suitable for informal small meetings, any time of day or evening and can be accessed through a separate entrance from the main hotel entrance, just around the corner on Down Street.
Our Favorite Things
1. Don’t leave without a hello to doorman Jim, a celebrity with a well-deserved reputation.
2. The 24-hour fitness room and sauna offer modern cardio equipment and complimentary juice and apples.
3. Rooms at the front of the hotel overlooking Green Park are a treat worth paying extra for. One might call these a “view with a room”.
4 Rooms on higher floors offer less noise and more sunlight, when the clouds of London will accommodate.
5. The pillow menu is outstanding. Announce your selection prior to arrival.
6. The e-bikes outside the hotel are not to be missed for an early morning bike through the trails of the adjacent parks. The hotel will provide very useful maps.
7. Kids eat free with an adult at , Galvin at The Athenaeum and the kids menu is outstanding.
8. By booking directly with the property one can take advantage of the US dollar rate, which includes a number of perks such as full English breakfast and 15% discount off food at Galvin at The Athenaeum restaurant.
Consider booking directly with The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences to take advantage of the best rate guarantee and other perks, including a guaranteed US dollar rate at http:// www.athenaeumhotel.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org